Ecology offers incentives to remove old wood stoves | Environment
In an effort to improve air quality, the Washington State Department of Ecology is offering incentives for homeowners to remove old wood stoves from their homes. Residents in Colville River Valley are eligible for a $200 voucher if they turn in their wood stoves on April 27th.
"Wood smoke in the winter months is the third-largest source of air pollution in Washington and it contributes to poor air quality in the Colville River Valley," said Ecology air quality specialist Paul Rossow. "There are several cleaner alternatives on the market including certified wood stoves or solar, electric, propane or natural gas heaters."
Ecology adds that in 2013, the air monitor in Colville reported 30 days when residents were exposed to unhealthy air. This puts Colville in the top 11 in the state for air pollution.
On Saturday, April 27th, residents living in the 99101, 99109, 99114, and 99141 zip codes can trade in their wood stoves for a $200 voucher. Wood stoves can be dropped off at the Stevens County Landfill outside of Kettle Fall from 8 am to 4 pm. Participants can receive a voucher for up to two stoves.